May 7, 2022
Today we hear a rare Combat Story from a long-time Delta Force
Commander and operator, Pete Blaber, who served in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Bosnia, Somalia, Colombia, and Panama.
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Pete is an understated, humble, and soft spoken warrior leader who applies a commonsense approach to all of his decisions, to include those in combat. His decision to join the military came from studying centuries of warfare and how seemingly brilliant leaders made senseless decisions and wanting to avoid making the same mistakes.
He spent most of his career in the special operations side of the Army from Ranger Battalion to Delta Force and then, after retiring, took on a role as a senior leader in a multi-billion dollar tech company.
He has since written two books (The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander, and, more recently, The Common Sense Way: A New Way to Think About Leading and Organizing) that share the lessons he learned from leading in some of the most historic and high intensity conflicts in the past 35 years.
I hope you enjoy this humble, understated, and unique perspective into the life and thinking of a Tier 1 operator and officer as much as I did.
Find Pete Online:
The Common Sense Way: A New Way to Think About Leading and Organizing
The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander
Find Ryan Online:
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Intro Song: Sport Rock from Audio Jungle
0:00 - Intro
0:55 - Guest Introduction (Pete Blaber)
2:02 – Introducing The Trust & Safety Institute
2:54 - Interview begins
3:14 - Childhood and the origins of the common sense perspective
7:16 - Being obsessed with military history as a kid and the impact it had
22:12 - Using notes from when he was deployed or in service to write his books
28:19 - If the military wasn't an option, what would you have done?
31:50 - Story of navigation skills at work trying to escape a wild animal in pursuit
46:37 - Path including Ranger Battalion, Infantry Offer, and Delta
49:29 - Combat Story #1 - First time in combat in Panama as a company commander in the military five years
1:05:33 - Formative time with Rangers and how it informed tactics as Company Commander and later with the Unit
1:10:05 - Combat Story #2 - Afghanistan mission from a leadership perspective
1:28:56 - The most rewarding point along the journey
1:38:38 - What did you carry into combat?
1:40:02 - Would you do it all again?
1:43:11 - Help connect those who served with meaningful and great paying jobs after service
1:45:49 - Listener comments and shout outs